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GMA holds Kapuso Campus Tour: The Regional Masterclass Series

From Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, GMA Network’s regional arm GMA Regional TV brought the ‘Kapuso Campus Tour: The Regional Masterclass Series’ to various schools all over  the Philippines, gathering some of the biggest names in the fields of media, academe, and community relations who gave students and professors an opportunity to become part of relevant discussions on local and national issues.

GMA at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City.

GMA News Pillar Howie Severino led the team of Kapuso award-winning broadcast journalists and public affairs personalities who went from one school to another in the span of four months. Joining him were Ivan Mayrina, Raffy Tima, Sandra Aguinaldo, Mariz Umali, Jun Veneracion, Nielsen Donato, and Atom Araullo. They shared insights on news reporting, documentary-making, spotting fake news, and mobile journalism. Discussing about YouScoop were GMA News’ Audrey Domasian and Yvan Limson.

Mariz Umali

Representing the GMA Network Excellence Award (GNEA), on the other hand, was Kapuso actor and GNEA Ambassador Benjamin Alves. Aside from Alves, discussing about excelling in one’s chosen field were Eleazar Del Rosario, and Mark Roland Romas.

Meanwhile, GMA Regional TV news anchors and personalities Cecille Quibod-Castro of Balitang Bisdak, Real Sorroche of One Mindanao, Adrian Prietos of One Western Visayas, Joanne Ponsoy of Balitang Amianan, and Sheillah Vergara-Rubio of One Mindanao, emphasized the importance of local news.

Giving insights on how to build global communities were AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines representatives Rahiema Guerra, Hector Dimacali, and Johnson Badawi.

With the GMA North Central Luzon team and the Masterclass panelists

A collaboration with GMA News Online, GMA News and Public Affairs, GMA Network Excellence Award, and AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines, GMA Regional TV’s ‘Kapuso Campus Tour: The Regional Masterclass Series’, kicked off last December 10, 2018 at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium of Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

Araullo, who is regularly seen as one of the hosts of I-Witness and in the monthly program The Atom Araullo Specials, discussed documentary film-making; while Domasian, GMA News’ Senior Social Media Producer, talked about YouScoop and how to be a YouScooper. As a former GMA Network scholar and GMA Network Excellence Award (GNEA) finalist, Del Rosario, shared his thoughts on excellence and on joining GNEA. Raising the flag of local newscasts was one of the anchors of Balitang Bisdak, Quibod-Castro, who reminded students why local news matters. Lastly, Guerra underscored the importance of building global communities and how to join AFS.

GMA at the Holy Cross of Davao College in Davao City. Supplied Photo

In Davao City, the second leg of the Regional Masterclass was held last January 31 at the Sedes Sapientiae Auditorium of Holy Cross of Davao College. Joining Domasian were Guerra, Sorroche, Alves, and Aguinaldo. Domasian shared her insights on being a YouScooper to Dabawenyos this time around.  Guerra, who is currently the Board of Trustees President of AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines discussed global communities, while Sorroche expounded on the role of local news today. Alves gave an informative talk about the GNEA and imparted tips on how to excel in one’s chosen path. Meanwhile, Aguinaldo, an award-winning broadcast journalist and I-Witness host, shared her experience in making documentaries for TV.

After Davao, the ‘Kapuso Campus Tour: The Regional Masterclass Series’, immediately went to Cebu last February 1. The Michael Richartz Tourism Center of University of San Carlos was filled with eager students. Discussing YouScoop this time was Limson, GMA News and YouScoop senior social media producer. Dimacali, an AFS Alumnus and is the current Vice President of the Board of Trustees President of AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines, represented AFS; while Alves and Quibod-Castro shared insights on GNEA and local news, respectively. Veneracion, Reporter’s Notebook host and QRT anchor, shared insights on documentary making while Balitanghali anchor Tima engaged the audience with 360-degree journalism.

For the fourth leg of the series, the ‘The Regional Masterclass Series’ went to West Visayas State University in Iloilo last February 12. Domasian, Dimacali, and Alves were joined by Prietos and Severino at the New Academic Building Conference Hall. Prietos, who co-anchors the Hiligaynon newscast One Western Visayas, talked about the relevance of reporting local news. One of GMA News Pillars and News To Go anchors, Severino discussed fake news and how to identify it.

Up north, GMA Regional TV brought the Masterclass to Phinma University of Pangasinan last February 22. Joining Domasian and Tima were Mayrina, Romas, Badawi, and Ponsoy. An award-winning broadcast journalist and 24 Oras Weekend anchor, Mayrina indulged the audience about news reporting. Ponsoy, on the other hand, shared her experience as co-anchor of the top-rating North Central Luzon newscast Balitang Amianan, emphasizing the importance of local news. As a GNEA recipient and Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho researcher, Romas inspired students to excel in life. Representing AFS was Badawi who now works as a research assistant promoting mental health in peace and conflict.

Heading south, the contingency composed of Domasian, Guerra, Umali, Vergara-Rubuo, Alves, and Severino went to Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City last February 28. Here, Umali and Vergara-Rubio shared their experiences in news reporting both for national and local audience. Umali co-anchors Balitanghali Weekend while Vergara-Rubio is a senior correspondent for RTV’s One Mindanao.

Finally, ‘The Regional Masterclass Series’ held its seventh leg at Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon last March 1. Born to be Wild host Doc Nielsen Donato tackled wildlife documentary-making. He was joined by previous speakers Domasian, Guerra, Umali, Vergara-Rubio, Alves, and Severino. 

“For the past four months, we traveled all over the Philippines to hold the ‘Kapuso Campus Tour: The Regional Masterclass’ in seven different areas,” shares GMA Regional TV Vice President and Head Oliver Amoroso. “This series is a major component of the Network’s election advocacy, ‘Pusuan ang Totoo’, which is a call to stand for what is true; to fight against corruption and disinformation, and to choose leaders who will truly serve the country. To the young voters, you’re not just adulting but you’re about to enjoy one of the most important freedoms as a Filipino and one of the greatest responsibilities as a citizen of this country. Voting also means not taking for granted the sacrifices made in the past by our forefathers so we can exercise this right and privilege so that we may choose the best leaders for our country – hopefully, with informed, intelligent, and independent judgment.” he ends.


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